As I’ve mentioned at least a couple of times today, Jays fans seem to be getting awfully antsy about the fact that their club hasn’t made a major move yet. Shit, some hopeless person calling in to Jeff Blair’s show this morning was telling folks to book it that the waves made by the Jays’ big off-season splash had already calmed to nothing– they were getting Dioner Navarro, and that’s it.
For fuck sakes.
I know I’m preaching to the choir on a thing like that here, but it really does seem, especially as these Winter Meetings are now half over, with the Jays having done nothing, like it’s a battle to help people maintain perspective out here. Not that that’s any different than any other time of the year, I guess, and not that it’s not at least a little bit worrisome that the Yankees have gone out onto the market wielding a giant club made of money, but with the Jays focus being so clearly on pitching, there are a few things that we’d do well to keep in mind.
Namely: Tanaka, Garza, Jimenez, Santana, Burnett, Arroyo, Hammel, Colon, Price, Masterson, Lee, Hamels, Samardzija, for starters. And how about the fact that, as I noted in the last post, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto says that there’s “a long list” of pitchers they’re considering.
For those of you who’ve forgotten the title of the post, here’s a hint who might be out there:
Is trade of a #Reds starter looming? Arroyo’s agent, Terry Bross, met with team today, says he is expecting offer.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2013
Here’s another one:
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) December 10, 2013
Now, obviously that one doesn’t exactly help the Jays’ rotation depth issue, necessarily. And since Anthopoulos had been acknowledging he’s taken calls on just about everybody on his roster ($1000 says it’s only “just about” because of Melky and Maicer– though no, because even they might get calls from clubs hoping the Jays would pay a bunch of their salaries), I’m not sure it’s terribly newsworthy.
Then again, I wrote about Buehrle’s surprising value last month, noting that he’s been quite a bit more valuable over two years by both versions of WAR than Santana, Jimenez, Garza, or Tim Lincecum, whose new extension the two years and $37-million left on Buerhle’s contract looks like– and if the Jays are willing to eat some money there to save some 2014 payroll, increasing their flexibility, and getting back a better return? Uh… yeah, there could definitely be something there, given where the market is.
But that’s pie in the sky kind of stuff, where my more specific, bigger point here is, there is still a tonne that’s out there.
And yes, this feels an awful lot like one of those in-season “it’s early” posts that I always live to regret because too many people can’t make the distinction between someone reminding them that “it’s early” and someone telling them “it’ll be fine.” I have no idea whether it will be fine. I have no idea if the Jays will overpay for a starter. I have no idea if the Jays will stand pat and hope for the best with what they’ve got. But I do know that the third option– the one where they pay the perfect, magical, palatable price for the perfect, otherworldly pitching piece to fit into their rotation puzzle– is really, really hard to pull off.
Is there time still to pull it off? Of course. Don’t forget, it’s really only just the beginng on this particular side of the ball.
So, is the narrowing market really all that narrow, given that we can still rattle off ten or fifteen available names, and that there are surely others out there we’re not aware of yet? It isn’t! And is part of pulling off the trick that we all want so badly to see materialize in front of us possibly exactly waiting things out right now like we are? Of course it is! Otherwise it would have been done already.
On the brighter side of that notion, I’m pretty sure that if the Jays were ready to go ahead and make an awful trade just to be sure they filled a hole and had something shiny and new to talk about at the State of the Franchise in a couple of months, they probably would have already gone ahead and done that too!
It’s at least a little comforting, right?
So… there’s that.